Why we need diversity in data journalism

Data journalism needs to consider the diversity of the journalists who are hunting, gathering and processing data argues Aasma Day Read More

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What’s the point of a literature festival? | Bare Lit 2017

by Henna Zamurd-Butt  Literature festivals don’t have a point, right? Or at least not one that can get into the writing and move it around. The text is fixed on paper and pixel by the time we get to discussing it. Perhaps for the literary establishment the text is fixed, but here where Bare Lit… Read More

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part I

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part I By Brian Alleyne Martin is a Leave voter who was “unemployed … had his benefits suspended and been summonsed for non-payment of council tax. For him, the EU referendum was a chance to kick back”.  Martin’s story, as told in a June 20,… Read More

Diversity initiatives don’t work, they just make things worse: the ideological function of diversity in the cultural industries

by Anamik Saha  edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam Dev Patel might have won the award for Best Supporting Actor (that’s Dev Patel and not Riz Ahmed, Burberry), but when the nominees for the 2017 BAFTA Awards were announced, the lack of racial (and class) diversity amongst the nominees felt wearingly inevitable. What is more troubling is how… Read More

Beyond ‘PoC’ and ‘BAME’: the terminology we use to define ourselves – part 2

In January 2014 we asked 10 writers on their opinions for terms and classifications used to describe traditionally marginalised people in the West. These were collected in our article series ‘Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority’, Parts One and Two. Since then the debate has raged on both sides of the pond. The term ‘political blackness’… Read More

Beyond ‘PoC’ and ‘BAME’: the terminology we use to define ourselves

In January 2014 we asked 10 writers on their opinions for terms and classifications used to describe traditionally marginalised people in the West. These were collected in our article series ‘Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority’, Parts One and Two. Since then the debate has raged on both sides of the pond. The term ‘political blackness’… Read More

The pink bus is a start but parties need to show women they’re in for the long haul

by Anouchka Burton Any woman who has ever tried to buy car insurance has noticed it. Search the internet and every website is pink, with references to shopping or diamonds, never aimed at women but “the girls” or “ladies”. And it’s not just insurance. Marketers around the globe, tasked with selling to women, lazily coat… Read More

The hidden crisis of BAME low-paid workers trapped in poverty with no way out

by Colin Joseph Recognition that low-paid workers are increasingly finding it difficult to meet living costs is making national news following Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour’s annual conference in Manchester last week. Mr Miliband, MP, leader of the Labour Party, made a commitment to help working adults cope with rising living costs by zoning-in on… Read More

The (white) British History Project

by Amit Singh Education reform has been high on the agenda since the Conservative led coalition came to power in 2010. Polls conducted in April 2014 demonstrate how divisive proposed reform has been, and how there has been huge opposition to Michael Gove’s plans. The changes have seen a clear government agenda which steers the… Read More

Part Two: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority

PART TWO Editors’ note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Here are the results: I’ve wondered for quite a while how Race politics has transformed from the passions of being “Black and Proud” to the insultingly… Read More